What does reign mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reign(noun)

    a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful

    "he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"

  2. reign(noun)

    the period during which a monarch is sovereign

    "during the reign of Henry VIII"

  3. reign, sovereignty(verb)

    royal authority; the dominion of a monarch

  4. reign(verb)

    have sovereign power

    "Henry VIII reigned for a long time"

  5. predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevail(verb)

    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

    "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"


  1. reign(Noun)

    The exercise of sovereign power.

    England prosperred under Elizabeth's reign.

  2. reign(Noun)

    The period during which a monarch rules.

    The reign of Victoria was a long one.

  3. reign(Verb)

    To exercise sovereign power, or to rule as a monarch

    He reigned in an autocratic manner.

  4. Origin: regnen < and regner, from the verb regno, and the noun regnum

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reign(noun)

    royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion

  2. Reign(noun)

    the territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion

  3. Reign(noun)

    the time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth

  4. Reign(noun)

    to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule

  5. Reign(noun)

    hence, to be predominant; to prevail

  6. Reign(noun)

    to have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule

  7. Origin: [OE. regne, OF. reigne, regne, F. rgne, fr. L. regnum, fr. rex, regis, a king, fr. regere to guide, rule. See Regal, Regimen.]


  1. Reign

    A reign is the period of a person's or dynasty's occupation of the office of monarch of a nation or of a people or of a spiritual community. In most hereditary monarchies and some elective monarchies there have been no limits on the duration of a sovereign's reign or incumbency, nor is there a term of office. Thus, a reign usually lasts until the monarch dies, unless the monarchy itself is abolished or the monarch abdicates or is deposed. In elective monarchies, there may be a fixed period of time for the duration of the monarch's tenure in office. The term of a reign can be indicated with the abbreviation "r." after a sovereign's name, such as the following:

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reign

    rān, n. rule: dominion, as Reign of Terror: royal authority: supreme power: influence: time during which a sovereign rules.—v.i. to rule: to have sovereign power: to be predominant. [Fr. règne—L. regnumregĕre, to rule.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reign' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4816

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reign' in Nouns Frequency: #1986

Anagrams for reign »

  1. niger, Niger, renig

  2. Niger

  3. Renig


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reign in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mohamed Ibn Chambas:

    These countries cannot sit by idly when these terrorists have free reign in this area.

  2. John Milton:

    Here at lastWe shall be freethe Almighty hath not builtHere for his envy, will not drive us henceHere we may reign secure, and in my choiceTo reign is worth ambition though in HellBetter to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.

  3. Anna Reynolds:

    Visitors for the first time this year get to walk through the grand entrance, just as popes and presidents, astronauts, footballers, invited guests of the queen and other members of the royal family have done over the queen's reign.

  4. Abraham Lincoln:

    Corporations have been enthroned .... An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ... and the Republic is destroyed.

  5. Victor Hugo:

    He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.

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